It is a well-established fact that there are very few things on earth which are more beautiful than the Swiss Alps. Switzerland is considered to be one of the most picture-perfect countries on the planet. And with the city of Interlaken in the heart of it, nothing can beat the winter paradise of the world. But how would you take advantage of that miles and miles of untouched snowy slopes? Well, don’t worry we will guide you with the best outdoor activities you can try out in the Europe’s best winter destination. Just follow our list of ‘Top 10 outdoor adventure activities to do in Interlaken’ and you won’t be left scratching your head.
It is the best way to explore any place in the world, and the mountain villages of Interlaken are no exception. With many scenic routes, you are spoiled for choices as which path to take for your hiking trip? Travel experts suggest taking the hiking route which begins at the section of Wengen to Mannlichento to Kleine Scheidegg, which is relatively easy and offers spectacular view. After a long grueling walk you can stay over at Faulhorn Berghaus. Don’t forget to catch the sunrise there!
Best time to visit: June to September
2) Ice Climbing
You’d be lying to yourself if you said you never wanted to climb a giant ice wall. Well, what if we told you it can done and it doesn’t need any prior climbing experience, sounds too good to be true right? Well, you can check for yourself as many tour companies in Interlaken offers a one-day ice climbing adventure trip. All you need to pack is your lunch, and everything else from ice axes to harness will be provided to you on your arrival. So, if you want to full-fill your Game of Thrones fantasy this is your chance to pick up your wildling axe and climb the giant ice wall!
Best time to visit: June to October
3) Canyon Jumping
We have talked a lot about Walking and Climbing in our previous points. Now how about we try something more challenging? There are very few things in life which are more challenging than jumping off a canyon! No, we’re not kidding, people pay good amount of money to be pushed off a cliff. while been attached to an 85-mere long rope with harness which is attached to your chest and waist. You experience a spectacular view of the cliffs as you free fall at high speed from a very nauseating height. It does sound scary, but it is something you want to tick off your bucket list!
Best time to visit: October
Keeping up with our tradition of falling from a distance, our next activity brings will make you free-fall from a height more than any canyon in the world without any ropes or harnesses. We are talking about Skydiving of course! Interlaken is sandwiched between two Alpine lakes which consist of beautiful valleys and makes it a perfect spot for Skydiving. You can free-fall through beautiful mountains and valleys from a helicopter with an expert skydiver who literally has your back. We assure you this activity will you feel on the top of the world. ;)
Best time to visit: Summer or Winter
5) Bungee Jumping
It’ll be sin to leave out Bungee Jumping while discussing outdoor activities in Interlaken. Your adrenaline will be at an all-time high when you’ll be standing at a giddying height which will probably make your stomach grumble a bit. But don’t worry you’ll be protected by strong harness as you plunge from a height of around 134m meters into beautiful valleys of Interlaken.
Best time to visit: May to October
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Moving away from the tradition of jumping away, let’s discuss something that you surely do not want to miss out. It is a known fact that Interlaken is extremely beautiful, scenic and an almost iconic terrain. But how would you enjoy the beauty of this city with limited time? Paragliding offers that opportunity where you do not have to hike, climb or jump off things to enjoy the serenity of this place. With expert pilots, all you have to do is sit back relax and follow their instructions. The best is that this activity can be done on any day of the year.
Best time to visit: Open throughout the year
7) River rafting
Moving on to some grounded activities Interlaken offers some of the best routes for river rafting in the world. Located underneath the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains, you’ll find a wide selection of rapidly flowing alpine rivers you can take your raft into. If you’re looking for a calmer experience you can opt for the Aare river which is located between Thun and Bern.
Best time to visit: June
8) Country Skiing
Interlaken is considered to be the best winter destination in Europe. So, it’ll be sin if we don’t include skiing as one of the top outdoor activity in the list. With an array of skiing resorts to choose from there is something for everyone from novice to experience skiiers. You will be provided with all the necessary gears you’d need to slope down from a mountain from over 2500 meters. Experts recommend the Jungfaru Skiing region or the family friendly Beatenberg-Niedehorn ski resort.
Best time to visit: November to April
9) Night Sledding
This activity has been gaining more momentum recently with number of different companies offering a chance to climb up the Swiss alps, admire the breath-taking beauty and just slide down the trail for an hour long course. It may sound scary at first but don’t worry as you’ll be in the hands of experts. The best part is there are no age restrictions as it is suitable for everyone looking for that adrenaline rush.
Best time to visit: November to February
10) Boat Cruise
With all the adrenaline filled activities in our list you’d want some time relax your sore muscles and just take in the beauty of Interlaken without actually moving. What’s a better a way to do that than taking a boat cruise on one of its beautiful lake. A cruise on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz will take you across beautiful fishing villages and ancient European castles. You’ll be served with some traditional and delicious Swiss cuisine on board.
Best time to visit: May to October
We hope we have helped you out with planning the best Swiss vacation
for you. So don’t forget to pack that extra sweater with you!